I just came back from a 7-day retreat with Jon Kabat-Zinn and his colleague Saki Santorelli. They were teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for healthcare professionals at the Omega Center in Rhinebeck, New York.
Grab a medium-sized object—water bottle, cell phone, book—and grip it tightly, making your hand into a fist around it. Then, without opening your fist, use that same hand to try to pick up another object. What happens? When I tried this exercise, my fist knocked uselessly against the second object and I couldn’t pick it up without opening my hand and letting go of the first object.
These three audio guides offer an excellent place to start your Mindfulness training. Simply click on the link below to play the audio and start meditating!
Research has shown that mindfulness reduces the extent to which we react to emotional events, which is reflected not only in the way we perceive these events but in the way our body physically responds to them.
We usually perceive everyday people and situations without appreciation or awareness, and through the lens of what we think we already know or understand about them. In contrast, beginner’s mind means experiencing people and situations as though for the first time, without the filter of history and established beliefs. There are several advantages to consciously cultivating beginner’s mind. Here are two ways to avoid mindlessness and increase mindfulness in everyday life.
Here are some apps that people from around the MindSpace community have found helpful for their Mindfulness practices. 1) Insight Timer: You can see who […]
Eureka! Mindfulness improves insight problem solving. When was the last time you had a eureka! or an aha! moment? When after struggling to find a […]
I was already in the habit of meditating most mornings and writing down what went well most nights, but would skip them when I was […]
In our homes we have rooms designated for sleeping, eating, bathing, watching T.V. What if we created a corner of a room or even an entire room itself just for “being”. A non-punishment “time-out” space, where any family member could go on their own to regain peace of mind. A safe place with a door.